How to download photos from Samsung mobile: Ever since you bought your new smartphone, a Samsung , you too have entered the “tunnel” of compulsive photography. Any chance is good to take your phone out of your pocket and take a photo: a weekend out of town, a dinner with friends, the purchase of a new product, and the list could go on and on.
Tell me, how many photos have you taken so far? A hundred I bet. And of course you’ve already made backup copies of them on your PC, right? How would you say no ?! But don’t you know that a trifle is enough to lose all the photos you take with your mobile phone? I would not want to be a jinx, but you could lose your smartphone at any time and lose all your precious shots in one fell swoop.
If you want to prevent all these bad things from happening, immediately connect the phone to the computer, download the photos on the latter and repeat the operation with some frequency (at least once a week I would say, and maybe even activate a backup service on the cloud, if you haven’t). How do you say? Have you thought about it but don’t know how to download photos from Samsung mobile ? Don’t find excuses! Below is all the information you need: read it carefully and get to work right away. While not all of them are very successful, your shots deserve some respect!
How to download photos from Samsung mobile to PC with USB cable
Without a doubt, the quickest way to move photos from your Samsung smartphone to your computer is to use the USB cable that came with your phone.
If your computer is not equipped with “standard” type A USB ports, but only with type C ports, you will need to equip yourself with a special adapter, which you can buy for a few euros online or at a shop specializing in IT items.
Once the two devices are connected via cable, you have several paths to take. The first, as well as the fastest, involves the use of Samsung Smart Switch , Samsung’s official program designed for the complete management of its devices. It allows, among other things, to quickly create a backup of the images stored in the memory, to be restored if necessary, within a couple of clicks.
To get it, connected to its home page and click on the Download button for Windows , if you use the Microsoft operating system, or Download for iOS , if yours is a Mac. Once the download is complete, open the file obtained and follow the most suitable instructions to the operating system you are using: on Windows , you must click on the Yes button , check the box located next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and then press the Next and Finish buttons .
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac , start the file with the .pkg extension located in the screen that appears and press the Allow , Continue (twice consecutively), Accept and Install buttons . When prompted, type your Mac password in the appropriate field, press the Install software button and proceed with unlocking the permissions for Smart Switch.
So, when prompted, click on the Open Security preferences button , then on the locked padlock symbol located at the bottom left and re-type the Mac password in the appropriate field, giving Enter immediately afterwards.
At this point, click on the Details … button located in the System Preferences window, put the check mark next to the words Samsung Electronics and DEVGURU Co., Ltd and finally click on the OK and Restart buttons , to confirm the settings and restart the computer.
Regardless of the operating system you are using, open Smart Switch now and complete any available updates, responding affirmatively to the message that appears.
Now you are finally ready to start creating the backup: when prompted by Smart Switch, connect the phone to the computer via USB , unlock the smartphone and tap on the Allow , Download Smart Switch and Yes buttons , to download the “companion” app .
Once this is done, go back to the computer, click on the Backup button resident in the Smart Switch window and, to archive only the photos, put the check mark only next to the item Images , leaving all the others deselected. To finish, click on the OK button and wait for the photo backup to be saved on your computer. If you are interested in learning more about the subject, you can take a look at my guide on how Smart Switch works.
If you do not want to create an archive of photos to restore, if necessary, always via Smart Switch, but instead want to transfer the images to your computer to archive them individually in a specific folder (and look at them whenever you want), I recommend instead of using the Windows and macOS import wizard tools , which I am going to talk about in the following sections of this guide.
Before proceeding, however, connect the phone to the computer via USB and set it in image transfer mode : to do this, call up the Android notification area , tap on the message relating to the USB options and put the check mark next to the item Transfer of images , which appears in the next panel.
How to download photos from Samsung mobile to Windows PC
To start the Windows image import tool , after connecting and properly configuring the smartphone, open the File Explorer (by clicking on the yellow folder icon located at the bottom) and reach the This PC section , by pressing on the appropriate item located in the left sidebar, visible in the new window.
Now, locate the Samsung phone icon in the list of detected devices, right-click on it and then on the Import images and videos item , attached to the context menu that appears.
Following this operation, the computer should scan the phone’s memory, searching for stored images (and videos). When the scan is complete, click on the item Other options , specify the folder to save the photos by acting on the appropriate option and, later, choose whether or not to delete the photos transferred from the smartphone’s memory and indicate whether to apply automatic rotation to the images that they need it, or not.
Finally, click on the OK button , choose whether to import all the new elements or whether to review, organize and group the photos before copying them and, if you have chosen the first option, click on the Import button and wait for the transfer of the photos to be brought to term.
In the second case, you will be asked whether to group photos by hour or day intervals ( Adjust Groups bar ) and to assign a name to each group, which will correspond to a separate folder. Finally, hit the Import button and that’s it.
How to download photos from Samsung mobile to Mac
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac , you have two ways to go: add the images to the Photos library (and possibly to iCloud Photos ), or save them in a given folder on your computer.
In the first case, you must use the Photos application , which you can start by clicking on the colored flower symbol located in the Dock : locate the name of the phone in the Devices box (on the left), click on it and use the Import to menu to choose the album in which to store the images.
Finally, indicate whether to delete the items after importing or not by acting on the appropriate box and, to start copying all the new photos, press the Import all new photos button , located at the top right. If, on the other hand, you want to transfer only certain images, select them using the key combination cmd + click on the keyboard and press the Import X items button .
To store images in a given folder on the Mac, instead, you need to start the Image Capture utility , which you can call up from the Launchpad or from the Go> Applications menu on the Mac.
After opening the aforementioned program, click on the name of the resident Samsung phone in the left sidebar, set the folder in which to store the files using the Import to menu and click on the Download all button , if you intend to copy all the photos; alternatively, choose the images to import by clicking on the respective previews and press the Download button to start the transfer.
How to download photos from Samsung mobile to flash drive
Would you like to save the photos on your Samsung smartphone on a USB stick , without going through the computer first? It can be done, provided you have the right tools. In this case, you must first equip yourself with a USB OTG adapter , which allows you to connect a USB key with a “standard” type A output to the microUSB or USB type C charging port on the phone.
Before buying anything, check the available input on your Samsung device and make sure you choose the right adapter for your case.
Once you have everything you need, connect the microUSB or USB Type C connector of the OTG adapter to the charging port of the smartphone and insert the USB key inside the adapter: within a few moments, in the notification area of Android, a message about a new USB Drive added should appear, a sign that the device has been correctly recognized.
Now, to save the images on the stick, open the Archive app of the device, tap the ☰ button located at the top left and choose the item Images , from the panel that appears.
Now, access the album that contains the images to be transferred (eg Camera ) and make a long tap on the first of the photos to be copied, in order to enter selection mode. If necessary, tap on all the images to which you want to assign the same fate.
When you’re done, simply tap on the button Move (to transfer images by deleting the original files from your phone) or Copy , press again on ☰ button located at the top left and you tap the entry for the USB stick inserted (eg. Memory mass 1 ).
Finally, indicate the folder in which to copy the images (if necessary) and press on the item Move here / Copy here visible at the bottom left, to start the transfer. If necessary, you can create a new folder “on the fly” by tapping the button (⋮) located at the top right and selecting the Create folder item from the menu that appears.
Note : for the key to be recognized correctly by the phone, it must be formatted in FAT32 or in exFAT. Otherwise, immediately after insertion, the smartphone will notify you of the presence of errors on the key, asking you to format it: keep in mind, however, that formatting the USB drive involves the complete loss of the data already present on it . I warned you!
How to transfer photos from Samsung mobile to PC wirelessly
If you do not have the possibility to use a USB cable to transfer photos, you can get appreciable results (albeit at a lower speed) even through some online services designed for the purpose, using the cloud or, again, via Bluetooth.
There are numerous online services that allow computers, smartphones and tablets to communicate with each other, with the aid of a connection to the Internet and / or to the local network and without having to use any cables. Among these, I would like to recommend Snapdrop : it is a platform that allows you to exchange files between phone and computer (and vice versa), using only the browser and through the local network , which is an added value in terms of privacy and speed. .
Snapdrop can be used from any browsing app or program, is compatible with the major desktop and mobile platforms (including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and iPadOS) and is a completely free service.
To use it, start the browser you usually use on your PC, visit the snapdrop.net site and do the same thing on your Samsung phone as well. Subsequently, acting from the latter, tap on the name assigned to the computer visible on the Snapdrop page, in order to start the phone file manager: now, use the menus and available items to reach the folder where the photo to be resides. transfer and tap on its preview, in order to prepare it for sending.
At this point, go to the computer and click on the Save button resident in the receipt of the photo, in order to download the latter in the Download folder of the computer, or in the preset one of the browser; for convenience, I recommend that you remove the check mark from the Ask to save each file before downloading box , in order to avoid the request for confirmation for subsequent transfers from the same computer.
As an alternative to the above solutions, if your computer has Bluetooth connectivity , you can use it to easily transfer photos, videos and other types of files. First of all, therefore, you must ensure that the computer can be “seen” by the mobile phone and that it is able to receive files: if you use Windows , right click on the Start button (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the application bar), select the Settings item from the context menu that appears and click on the Devices icon , residing on the screen that opens.
Now, click on the Bluetooth and other devices item (on the left) and make sure that the lever under the Bluetooth item is set to ON , otherwise you do it; do not close the settings window, so as to make the computer detectable by the Samsung smartphone (unless the two devices have already been paired previously).
If, on the other hand, yours is a Mac , click on the System Preferences icon located in the Dock bar (in the shape of a gear ), click on the Sharing icon and put the check mark next to Bluetooth Sharing . Now, go back to the previous screen, click on the Bluetooth icon and, if necessary, press the Activate Bluetooth button (on the side); leave the Bluetooth preferences window open, so that the Mac can be detected by the mobile phone.
Now, if you haven’t done so yet, pair the two devices together: then take the Samsung phone , go to the Settings> Connections> Android Bluetooth menu and locate the computer name in the list of available devices . Finally, tap on the same, click on the notification that appears contextually on the computer screen and start the association by clicking on the Yes button .
Finally, tap the Pair button that appears on the Samsung smartphone display, in order to finalize the pairing. If you have any doubts or problems during these last steps, take a look at my tutorial on how to connect Bluetooth, in which I have explained everything to you in detail.
Once the computer and the phone are paired together, you are ready to transfer the photos: then start the image management app on your smartphone (eg Gallery ) and make a long tap on the first of the photos to be sent, so as to enter in selection mode. Then, tap on the preview of the other photos to transfer (if necessary), in order to add them to the “queue”.
Once your selection is complete, tap on the Share button located at the bottom, choose the Bluetooth option from the panel that appears and tap on the computer name , which should appear on the screen, within a few seconds. Finally, go back to your computer and press the button to authorize the transfer.
To learn more about how to transfer photos from mobile to PC via Bluetooth, I refer you to reading the specific tutorial I have dedicated to the topic.
If you need to transfer a large amount of photos from your Samsung phone to your computer, or if you need to access the images from multiple different PCs, you can use one of the many cloud services available on the Net, some of which are free.
For example, if you have chosen to use the Google Photos app instead of Samsung’s Gallery app, you will be pleased to know that it is possible, within a couple of taps, to archive images on Google’s cloud space and access them from any another device paired with the same account, or by visiting the photos.google.com site using any web browser.
To activate cloud synchronization of images and videos on Google Photos (which will erode the storage space available on Google Drive), open the aforementioned app, tap on your profile picture located at the top and first tap on the item Activate the backup and then on the button of the same name, which appears immediately after.
Finally, choose whether to archive the photos and videos in original quality or in slightly lower quality ( storage space saving mode ) and press the Confirm button to activate data synchronization. For more information on this, I invite you to read my guide to how Google Photos works.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this section, there are many other cloud services with features for automatic image upload: OneDrive, Dropbox and Amazon Drive / Photos are just a few examples. Once the photos have been uploaded, they can be viewed (and possibly downloaded) directly from the website of the chosen service, or through the appropriate computer client. For more information, you can take a look at my guide to the best cloud.